- Series: Best Women's Erotica Series
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Cleis Press (January 12, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1627781536
- ISBN-13: 978-1627781534
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 83 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 1 (Best Women's Erotica Series) Paperback – January 12, 2016
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"A collection of stories that not only seeks to turn you on, but alsostrives to make you think: about gender, about power, about age andsexuality, and about all the different ways that a diverse collection of women can and do get their sexy on. A definite bedside keeper!" -Romance Novels for Feminists
"This anthology of 22 short, sexy stories is the perfect starter packfor erotica newbies and seasoned readers alike. There are pairings ofall sorts between these pages. Among my favorites: Flying Solo by Rachel Kramer Bussel, who writes about a particularly hot open marriage, andThe Altar of Lamented Toys, a poignant and bittersweet dystopian tale by Jessica Taylor. A bonus: because these stories are so short, they areperfect for reading aloud to your partner in bed." -- Popsugar
From the Inside Flap
It's an incredible honor to present to you Best Women's Erotica of the Year Volume 1, my first time taking the helm. As an author, this groundbreaking series has been home to some of my favorite stories I've written, stories that pushed me into uncharted territory, whether writing about a dishwashing fetish ("Doing the Dishes"), an oral sex restaurant ("Secret Service") or visiting a married lover ("Espionage").
As an editor, I faced the mighty task of whittling down the over two hundred submissions I received to the twenty-found found between these covers. The resulting collection is one that features the kind of women I consider my readers to be: smart, daring, fierce, loving, kinky, curious, powerful, feisty. While no single book can represent every kind of woman, you'll find women from a range of races, sexual orientations, and backgrounds,partnered and solo. You'll find women going on sexual journeys from the past,present and future.
Whether they're enjoying a threesome, acting out their passion on stage, getting a tattoo, seducing their boss, having their naked body painted, dressing up as a domme or exulting in their most submissive moment, the characters you'll read about here, and their authors, are passionate, funny and they were a delight to visit with.
You will notice that there are more than a few women here "of a certain age," as the saying goes, which is fitting as I turned forty just before this book goes to press--close enough to look back on my younger days, as Aya does in "Revisiting Youth" by J. Crichton and H. Keyes, and hoping to keep the erotic spark alive well into the future, as characters like D in Dorothy Freed's "Two Doms for Dinner" do.
My goal with this book was twofold: to present sexual fantasies in a way that sparks your imagination and also respects your mind, and to reflect a glimmer of real life back from the deepest reaches of these authors' minds. Though some of the scenarios you're about to read would be impossible to live out, and some might be unlikely, all of them offer women whoa re willing to go toward what might seem scary or new or uncertain, whether that means an old flame, a sexy stranger or a childhood crush.
I also wanted to present some of my favorite erotic authors, such as S.E.C.R.E.T. trilogy author L. Marie Adeline and The Original Sinners series author Tiffany Reisz, alongside writers whose work you may be reading for the first time. I've long said that erotica is an incredibly democratic and welcoming genre, and I'm proud to have so many new authors, whose names you'll likely want to watch as they set forth in their erotica writing careers.
Whether outdoors,in a love hotel, or even a porta-potty (yes, you read that right, and Amy Butcher's "Waiting to Pee" is one of the most provocative stories I've ever published, one I plan to reread often), they are willing to go forth into the unknown because the payoff promises to rock their worlds. I hope the same can be said for your reading experience. Welcome to Best Women's Erotica. Whenever and wherever you're reading this, I hope it both arouses and surprises you.
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Ms. Bussel has done a fairly good job finding the better material in this collection. They are still just short stories, but there's some genuine creative writing here. The prose is done well, and even the descriptions of sex are above par. Personally, I prefer a little more detail, we're in the age where we don't need to be shy about descriptions, and I don't mind a slight bit more vulgarity, but the authors seem to find a reasonable balance that keeps it from getting pulp.
There are multiple genres, from classic romance to futuristic post-apocalyptic (clever story), and even outright fantasy, that you're sure to find something you like. But that's also the downside, it's all short stories, so you'll also find a lot you're not really into. I guess it's like any other buffet. The dishes you like are done well, and hopefully that's enough to satisfy you considering there were lots of other dishes you passed on.
That said, I've yet to find the truly AMAZING erotica story that captures my attention throughout, without sounding like it was written by a repressed housewife or horny 24-year-old boy.
this set of short stories are titillating and scintillating. Wowza the shower you will need after reading this book. Each story is it’s own tale and they are glorious. A brief look at a few of the amazing stories:
The assistant by tiffany reisz is just yummalusciously delicious. I never thought a assistant would be so bold and brazen but also honorable. And the ending just wow.
A new canvas by Tara betts is very sensual. I mean the way he using her as the canvas in such a delectable and erotic way. Just yumm..
Date night was fascinating and intriguing. The altar of lamented toys was unique and alluring.
Each story adds its own allure and intrigue. Each with a different way of reaching the sensual side of us all and allowing us to see the delicious freedom of erotic acts of desire.
*Rachel's contribution of FLYING SOLO: is the best of her work I've read yet. The amazing way she changes the narrative vocabulary from 1st to 2nd to 3rd person is intriguing.
*MATILDA'S Secret is a great tale full of twisting surprises all of unexpected fun
*SCENTS & SEXUALITY is lots of enjoyment true to it's title
*ALVIN'S NIGHT: Ms. Coldwell is rapidly becoming a favorite author of mine
*THE ALTAR OF LAMENTED TOYS: perhaps this is the only one I just didn't get?
A varied and excellent collection of short erotic stories.
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